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Grateful Dead Live at Gruga Halle on 1990-10-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Gruga Halle on 1990-10-17

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Hell In A Bucket, Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Maggie's Farm, High Time, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, Picasso Moon China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Truckin'-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Black Peter-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Gruga Halle
Location Essen, GE



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Reviewer: joex - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2008
Subject: mmmm...fine memories!
My first show of the tour - I missed Stockholm, and didn't get to London, but saw the rest. Was living in Europe, going through Dead withdrawal (although made more then bearable by hanging around with all of the 20 or so of the Swiss deadheads), when the Dead decided to follow me. Coming up the escalators to the venue, suddenly transforming from a fairly dreary environment to the magic of the deadworld, running into old friends I hadn't seen for years, primed me for a great show. And the Dead came through! Smoothly transitioning between moods, the show was both mellow and energized at the same time. Blissed-out, while there were long dancing periods where I'm sure my feet didn't touch the ground. Cassidy was particulary memorable for a feeling of infinitely-layered laid-back complexity. And there was still the rest of the tour to go!
Reviewer: Balone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2007
Subject: Yet another 90's gem
4 star performance,4 star sound(although the first Gen aud/sbd patch rocked),5 star memories.After a weak Sweden show,The boys pulled out all the stops performance wise.Listen to Bill and Mickey,Glued in right from the get go.Camped close by in what was unseasonalbly warm wether.Drank in a 300 yr old hole in the wall afterwards,good times,good times.
Reviewer: King High - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2007
Subject: What A Night
I was able to attend this very well played and energetic show. First the hall was like a large High School Gym, general addmission and I sat right in front of Jerry and Bruce. They were locked in and seemingly haveing a great time. This was just one of the most amazing shows from a personal standpoint, Germany, The Dead Rockin WOW! I wished that all my friends had made the trip. The sound of this tape is great and like I said well played and good not great set list. Just one of those really fun shows. I highly recommend this one. The memories just rush back. Thanks Archive and The Dead for one of the most wonderful nights I will ever have.
Reviewer: crazymona - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2006
Subject: no offense to any of the freaks out there
BUT...i've only listened to the first two tunes and this show is a five if there ever was one...
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2006
Subject: Jerry Musta Strapped on the "Wolf" That Night
Another IMA jem. The sound of this SBD recording is gorgeous. Right off, Bucket>Sugaree, Minglewood, Me & Uncle, all predestrianly good. Then, My first Maggie's Farm. The Dead's "Cumberland" is very similar to this Dylan song and what's unique this night is that everyone shares singing a verse, ala Bluegrass ~ I really love that. A wonderful not-oft played High Times follows. Jerry's and Bob's guitars are so prominent in the mix; clarity abounds. Jerry sings it well, but it suffers an abrupt ending. Cassidy could go a lot further but it is solid and Tennessee is pretty good. Picasso Moon, a much-dissed song, is well-played, as usual. But the sound on this recording is so delicious and the recording has ear-correcting separation. You can hear every note from all seven. Someone once remarked that Healy pissed off the GD and fans with his effects tomfoolery, but he sure could capture this band live. The fact remains, that regardles of what song they played, they just sounded so good playing it that you think you've looked past flubs and don't care. China>Rider. Truckin>He's Gone. Fabulous Truckin' This sounds so good, it even sounds good low. Other than some hiss, it goes down real nice, real easy. It is a very good show, performance-wise. A beautiful concert. And it sounds like Jerry strapped on the "Wolf" that evening! Glorious, unpretentious flowing sound and awesome glistering Guitars! Jerry just lets it fly. This is Grateful Dead as I like it. Feckless a-band-on and every moment catching up with itself, but, catching up every time, just in time. An absolutely amazing drums/space>Wheel>Miracle>Black Peter. Jerry's guitar=rich cream strat honk. He hits all his marks.
Cuttin' Heads, Charlie, Cuttin' Heads. You can hear Bobby perfectly in the side pocket and Vince does not offend. Hornsby? Just pure chords/inserts (see). Come on, man, you cannot appreciate this totally marvelous Black Peter? It is soul wrenching! Black Peter. A raging Black Peter. Totally epic. Then a flawless transition into Love Lights, an old Pigpen standard rejuvenated by Bobby. Heaven's Door so remarkably clear and vibrant ~ like you never heard it before, y'know?

evan s. hunt
Reviewer: bigtoe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: Coming in from Amsterdam
My second Show in Europe Everbody was alittle off in Stockholm so on to Germany.
With our two day stopover in Amsterdam and eating H*sh Cakes for two days the train ride to Essen was a blast so it was a vey fittin High Time
The best part of this show was I gave away tickets to some young German girls outside they ran away screaming holding the tickets high in thier hands. that's Grateful Dead Magic I liked this show Phil was killin us with some big bombs. and Hornsby was driving the band a good time was had by all.
Reviewer: gankmore - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: Better than Stockholm, Lead by Drums
For those of us who tend to think of shows in numeric fashion, 10.17 has a nice ring to it, 10.17ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ

72, 74, 78 (world to give!). Yum. But there are some other notable 10.17's, like 81-84, and of course, this the first (though hardly the brightest) of many Europe 90 nuggets.

The opening of the Europe tour, the show that proceeds this, 10.13.90, Stockholm is pretty much agreed to be less than noteworthy, if not quite awful. Some of that is undoubtedly the lack of Mr. HonsbyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs presence, or perhaps given the other side of that same coin, the more noticeable presence and sensibility of Mr. Welnick who seems to musically deflate everyone, particularly Jerry. But that show is, thankfully, behind us here (though a very poignant sing-post to what weÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂll have to look forward to post Hornsby).

From the first notes of Bucket, the band seems to take on a particularly notable elegance. BruceÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs piano is lovely here, and JerryÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs tone is as bright, full, and clear as it gets. Sugaree is just beautiful, though Jerry doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂgo-offÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ quite the way most of us well versed in great Sugarees could hope for. Minglewood, though pedestrian, reveals that Jerry and Bruce are locked. One thing I fail to talk about enough in my reviews of shows is the very fine work by the drummers, this evening is no exception. ItÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs often tough to tell that there are two drummers, Billy and Mickey fit so well together, they often seem to be leading the band with the sharp, crisp, pronounced beats. Three minutes into that same ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂpedestrianÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ Minglewood, weÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂre into a lovely space where Bruce, Jerry, the Drums, and even Bobby are pulling out all the stops, one too many probably with the slide guitar, but hey, who am I to complain? The squelching doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt last all that long. Ramble On Rose doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt start real strong, and isnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt helped much by a few vocal flubs by Jer in verse two. Me & My isnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt inspirational, but itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs solid, with the drummers continuing to lead the band, and that leads into MaggieÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Farm, not the most sure-foot version from a vocal-delivery perspective, but endlessly fun, something of a contrast to the soberly beautiful High Time that follows. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂI told you goodbye!ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ might be the only serious miscue in this version. Weir is actually convincing on falsetto backup vocals here. Again the drummers are key here, not letting this tune open too far into spacey zones, the result is a resolute performance that really builds towards the end of the song.

Cassidy, the perennial second-set preview, is the most promising number of the evening so far. The piano and guitars are producing mounds of fractal sparkles. Phil who isnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt otherwise too conspicuous in the first set brings a set of repeating bass chords that seem provide both a musical center to follow, and a challenge of sorts. This makes for a great, if short, exploratory segment. Had the Grateful Dead an editor, the set would likely end here. Instead we have an average Tenn Jed and Picasso Moon, both staring Bruce Hornsby and played with conviction if nothing else.

Second set lines up with China > Rider in hand, with Weir turning in something of a lead through the first verse. The China starts a little light out of the gate, but by the second minute or so, we have the full works in motion to great effect, by the time we hit Rider, PhilÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs back in the front of the mix, dare I even say the band, leading with his bass, thereÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs less challenge here than outright direction. ThereÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs a couple spots where Phil is just about as crunchy as youÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂll ever find him, and I mean that in the most complimentary terms. This leads Garcia into some outright fanning, which in turn leads Phil an even greater role up front. This is the first real promise of this Europe 1990 Tour, which doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt sustain long, but it sure is sweet. It might be just wishful thinking but I hear a new speedway suggestion before we get to the TruckinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ. The tempo is crazy fast, which isnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt bad, it does wind-down some pre crescendo, (how could it not), but this is a run-away train of a truck a tapping on the breaks doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt seem to result in anything. Post 5 minutes (which is to say post-verses) just rips. Its a full out sprint to the end.

Coming up for air, HeÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Gone slows things down deliberately. ItÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs a lovely version, and demonstrates, when coupled with Trucking, the tremendous dynamic quality of this band, fast and hard, slow and lovely, theyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂve got it covered. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂHot as a pistol but cool insideÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ. JerryÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs vocals are very strong with everybody turning in a solid performance in support. The semi- acapella stuff is good, but not nearly as long or developed enough to really be great.

In keeping with the theme of the evening, drums are every bit as solid as youÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂd expect, with some extended trap work. There isnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt a whole lot in space that would keep you from finding the ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂtrack forwardÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ button, the beginning of The Wheel actually seems to be a healthy extension of space, the rest of it is well played and well sung, but rather short and to the point, as is Miracle. Even Black Peter is up in tempo, with the highlights coming in the ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂRun and SeeÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ delivery and subsequent jam. Lovelight, a tune that actually matches the tempo of the evening gets going despite a pretty clunky false start up front. At just over 6 minutes itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs pretty obvious that the tempo never let up after TruckinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ and thatÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs obvious all the way through PhilÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs punchy delivery in most upbeat HeavenÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Door.

This show is a huge improvement over Stockholm, but itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs really just the start of 1990 Europe magic.
Reviewer: thilokoenig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2004
Subject: still great
This was my only GD-concert, although I was and am Dead-Fan since the early 70ies. The show impressed me much, I would have liked to follow the tour to Berln, Frankft, Hambg. Relistening it now and comparing with other live material that I know it's clear that it was not really a top-show, but very dense and moving in the second part, specially from Black Peter on (I was lucky they played my favorites, "China cat...-I know you rider", Truckin" and at the end: "Knocking...!" - good versions).
Reviewer: Uffel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2004
Subject: Nice show
A vast improvement from the first night of the tour, the infamous Stockholm concert, this one has a lot of great moments to offer, a wonderful version of Maggie's Farm with Bobby, Jerry, Bruce, Vince and Phil all singing a verse each, a decent Truckin' with Bobby remembering the complete lyrics and a sweet version of Knockin' On Heaven's Door as the encore.
Reviewer: Rockin' The Rhine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2004
Subject: Amazing
This was my first and only GD concert. Poor europeans.
Before that I'd seen the GD at Rockpalast on german TV in 1981.
In 1990 I was very familiar with rock 'n' roll concerts in german venues, especially Zappa, who visited Germany periodical.
At that night in Essen I wondered where all these barefooted people - male and female - in long hippie garment are coming from. Now mark it was 1990 and it was october - pretty cold in Germany at that time. Nobody could answered me what these people are doing in the day-time. Very funny.
By the way - it was a great concert. !!! And the beginning of a great passion. Lucky that these are wonderful versions of Maggie's farm and Sugaree, not to forget Drums & Space. High time and the rest is also remarkable.
In these times - without Garcia and Zappa - I take comfort with Mr. Dylan, who is touring often in this area. Where is Tom Petty ? At lenght in the Grugahalle 1992.
Reviewer: weirdo0521 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2004
Subject: Das good!
I had a copy of set 1 for years.......great show...the quality of the mp3 is excellent....Always loved this Ramble on Rose and a real good Tennessee JEd
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